our spaces

Thank you so very much for dropping by! Here you can see a bit of our home tour and a peek at our house with a few before and afters. To read more about these spaces in detail, check them all out, here!

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Today, I wanted to give you a tour of our little place. So we hope you’re comfy with a cup of whatever-makes-you-happy… we’re glad to have you!

First off, if you aren’t here often… let’s just clear the air shall we? I’m a mom of three littles. That means that the house more than likely looks like this {see photo below} at the moment. Okay. It definitely looks like this. The dog vomits. The kids poop. The laundry piles. If you’re a real person who lives life… You know the drill. It’s life.

massive_piles_of_laundryThis whole parenting gig can be a wild ride, and my inner perfectionist and recovering people pleaser are both learning to embrace it for what it is and enjoy.

When it comes to our home, we believe in the power of paint, a little bravery, and a lot of fun to change our home into what we truly love. When we first purchased our little builder’s grade home, it felt like a last minute decision in a taupe/brown lover’s paradise. Not ‘us’ at all. Our first home sold super fast and we were left searching… with limited options for our price bracket at the time. We moved in to the home we live in now, settled down, and left it as it was, for a while. I was already planning out my next house. And then the market plummeted, and I decided to stop pining away for that beautiful farmhouse kitchen I wanted so badly. This home has been a great example to us, of how a home can evolve and grow with your family’s needs over time. It’s been a real journal of making it work for us, and we love it.

We decided to just go for it, and make it what we wanted it to be.

Not the future supposed homeowners of said home. Not something my sister in law’s second cousin would approve of… just us. We decided to do what we wanted. So we broke a few conventional “rules” to live life in our home like it was our last one. And it was liberating. The best decision we ever made.

It all started with a little paint… and…

Down with the brown, and florescent lights. Hello eclectic farmhouse love.

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We’ve never been happier with a space.

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You can read more about that transformation, here + here. 

kitchen_redo_2{And more about this cork board project here.}

Also, we painted our tired old fridge in chalkboard paint. One of our favorite projects, ever.

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We added a simple Ikea sink {for fractions of the typical cost} and tada! Our kitchen was finito and totally changed for the cost of paint, fabric and a new sink. We still love it.

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Our dining room before :

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It was dark and that window was a bit of a challenge… and we went from closed in and limited to this…

dining_room_1We had a welder friend of ours put together a design, and he also helped us score some amazing barn wood from an old peanut barn that was being torn down… which we turned into shelving. It was one of those serendipitous moments in decorating that make you really really happy. {More on that here and here.}

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It’s the perfect room for entertaining!

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But we recently tackled home schooling (I know… never say never, right?) So we transitioned it to a school room for the littles, and it can still be used as a dining space when we’re entertaining.

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Our living room was in the same condition when we moved in. Wonderful… {with apparent ghost specs-see ‘mysterious’ floating dust orb below} but not our style.

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A little paint and some sofa drama… brings us to the heart of our home and a room we adore.

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Being brave with our home doesn’t mean we don’t make mistakes. It means we pull ourselves back up off our faces and learn from them. Because of this, we love the stories each space tells… even more. We’ve left our own personal stamp on it.

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Our laundry room, which is right off the kitchen, drove me crazy once we had our kitchen where we wanted it. The dark cabinets and blinds had to go.

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With a little paint, and some board and batten… the change was totally worth it.

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Read more about the space, here + our ‘sexy’ sign, here. 

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I have room to work in this space, and the kids can hang their school bags. It’s a mud/laundry multifunctional space, if you will.

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We’ve stayed in this home for longer than we thought we would ever stay… and it’s been the best thing for us. It’s forced us to think through our spaces, and grow with our home. A great exercise in the process of creating.

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This room was just changed to this.

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We just recently changed over Emerson’s space to reflect more of her. It looks like this, and you can see more of it, here. 

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We’re in the process of simplifying, organizing, and redesigning a few things… to make our home work for us.

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Our boys share a space, and you can read more about that, here.

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Our own master bedroom space is our retreat. There’s no place like your own bed.

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Which brings me to… one of my favorite pieces in our home. The envelope my great grandparent’s marriage certificate was mailed in. Blown up in a handmade frame… a nod to simpler times. 

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In the grand scheme of all things redo, the veranda was something we took on, even before our kitchen. It once looked like this:

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We had a contractor build a small wall to enclose the space, and add square footage to our home. We took it from UPS brown…

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To this.

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We left it empty for a while, for partiesand teepees, and then changed it…

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To our studio:

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Outside, the UPS brown continued. UPS brown is fabulous… if you’re a UPS truck. Our yard was very sad.

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So we decided to do something about it last fall. It’s our very favorite, and if anything makes our home feel larger… surprisingly enough, it’s this.

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You can read all about our own little oasis, here. 

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Over time, with a little patience and work… our home has truly become our haven. And we love it. Thanks for stopping by!

Here’s a few more of our favorite spaces:

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here

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Read more about Scarlett’s nursery, here. 

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And this big gal room redo, here. 

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We’re off for some more tropics of south Alabama fun! ;}

outside_thanks_for_stopping_byHave an inspired day, y’all + let us know if you have any questions… we’ll do our best to help!

 

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One Response to our spaces

  1. Theressa Harris says:

    Hello! I just discovered your site last night and I had to pull myself away from the computer and make myself go to bed! Thanks for sharing you beautiful home…so inspiring!